Departures: tuesdays, thursdays Time: 8:30 h. Prices: 99 € / adult y 74 € / child (3-12 years)
Discover La Mancha, the land of Don Quixote, Belmonte, Mota del Cuervo and the town of El Toboso, where according to recent research Miguel de Cervantes was inspired by some of his neighbors to write the most famous novel of all time, The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha. We will visit the Castle of Belmonte, completely restored and we will learn about the life of medieval knights, heroes of the stories that drove Don Quixote mad. Next, we visit the Collegiate Church of San Bartolomé, famous for housing the oldest choir stalls in Spain.
We will have lunch in Mota del Cuervo, in a typical inn (lunch included), and we will visit its famous Windmills that witnessed Don Quixote's battle against the Giants of his imagination. If the wind allows it, we will be able to see how the “milling” of wheat was traditionally carried out to obtain flour.
We will finish our visit in El Toboso, the town of Don Quixote's love, Dulcinea. The House Museum of Dulcinea del Toboso faithfully replicates what the home of an old nobleman would be like, as Don Alonso Quijano "El Quijote" would have been. From El Toboso we will start our return to Madrid, saying goodbye to an extraordinary day in La Mancha, the land of Don Quixote.
Included in our prices:- Transportation by bus
- Tickets to the Castle of Belmonte, Collegiate Church of San Bartolome, House-Museum of Dulcinea at Toboso and the Windmills of Mota del Cuervo.
- Lunch at a typical restaurant in Mota del Cuervo.
- Accompanying guide throughout the trip
- Travelers insurance
* Pepe Tours reserves the right to change the itinerary and the order of the excursions for organizational reasons
The "Route of Don Quixote", declared a European Cultural Itinerary, runs through the territory of the Castilla-La Mancha region following the adventures of the knight Don Quixote in the universal work of Don Miguel de Cervantes, The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quijote de La Mancha (1605). In this territory, we will cross plains of infinite horizons, old sales, villages with wide streets, crests with white mills, the largest vineyard in Europe and we will find a surprising nature garnished with lagoons and landscapes full of magic.
Belmonte, was the birthplace of Fray Luis de Leon. It is a monumental complex of great interest, declared a town of tourist interest since 1968. One of the most important elements of the monumental complex of Belmonte is its walled enclosure, from the 15th and 16th centuries, which with the walls and gates communicates the town center with the castle; Several sections are preserved in perfect condition and several gates: the Chinchilla is the access to the city; that of Almudi, next to the Posito, that of Monreal or Toledo with a dressing room to the Virgen de la Estrella. But its most emblematic monument is its castle, built on a previous one from 1324, in a transitional Gothic style to Plateresque with Mudejar influence. It was restored by Eugenia de Montijo who used it as a residence.
Also, of great beauty is its complex of the urban area, where the church of the collegiate of San Bartolome stands out, of great dimensions, built in Gothic-Renaissance style. Inside, thirteen chapels, the choir, the sacristy and the chapter house, a large collection of beautiful altarpieces, very interesting grille and endless works of art - sculpture, painting, goldsmith, books and documents - forming a museum of sacred art. It has two exterior doorways, one Gothic and the other Gothic-Renaissance.
Mota del Cuervo, is known touristically as El Balcon de la Mancha (the Mancha’s balcony), is located in the center of Castilla-La Mancha, with an almost equidistant distance to all the provincial capitals of the region (except Guadalajara). It has been an important crossroads since ancient times, between the route that linked Toledo and then Madrid with Eastern Spain and the route between Cuenca and the south. Its most characteristic feature are its seven windmills that are located on the hill at whose feet the town sits; These, together with those of towns such as Campo de Criptana, Consuegra, Puerto Lapice or Alcazar de San Juan among others, give the typical image of Don Quixote’s La Mancha.
El Toboso, is an emblematic town of the Cervantes universe since it was where Don Quixote's love, Dulcinea, lived. The Casa de Dulcinea, in addition to its literary value and being for Tobosinos the old residence of a historic and famous neighbor, Mrs. Ana Martínez Zarco de Morales, who is identified with the Dulcinea del Quijote, is a typically La Mancha workhouse from the 16th century, very well restored and decorated, with a rectangular floor plan and two heights, with a third in the central part as a tower. It has a stately doorway with two coats of arms and its interior is dedicated to a museum of ethnological value and daily use in traditional La Mancha life. The furniture is from the 17th century, contemporary with Don Quixote. In the courtyard we find one of the largest known oil presses in the province of Toledo, with a beam of more than fifteen meters; it also conserves a dovecote and a mill. It has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest with the category of monument.